WESTON, Mass. - A strong second quarter lifted Regis College past Keene State College, 73-58, in non-conference women's basketball action on Wednesday night at Higgins Court.
- Keene State: 1-5
- Regis (MA): 1-3
How It Happened
Lilly Shlimon continued to be a bright spot for the Owls, as the freshman scored 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting (3-of-5 from three) and added three rebounds and two assists. She is averaging 13.5 points through the first six games while shooting 44% from three-point range. Sandi Purcell added 12 points and four assists, while Kenzie Bennett had 11 points, seven rebounds and a block.
Regis was led by Shannon Hayes' 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Brittney Stone had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. She also had two assists and a block. Sam D'Angelo recorded 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the Pride's first win over Keene State in three tries.
A three-point play from Stone and a layup from D'Angelo helped Regis roll out to a 10-2 lead within the first three minutes of the contest. Bennett and Shlimon led Keene State's response, as the Owls scored the next ten points for their initial lead of the game (12-10) with 1:10 left in the quarter, but the Pride got a three from Hayes in the final seconds to lead 15-14 after one. That proved to be a momentum swing, as Regis scored the first nine points of the second quarter for a double-digit lead at 24-14 with 8:03 to go. KSC managed to keep the deficit hovering around ten for most of the rest of the quarter, and trailed 38-28 at the break after Shlimon made a layup in the final five seconds. She scored 10 of KSC's 28 first half points.
The Owls struggled to make a dent in to Regis' lead, as the closest they got was eight points (38-30) on a Jordyn Burke bucket just nine seconds into the second half. The Pride went to Hayes from there, and she was a key in helping build a 47-35 lead with 5:40 left in the third. The Owls did outscore Regis 14-11 over the remainder of the quarter, capped by a Bennett layup, to trail 58-49 after three. An immediate triple from Hayes to start the fourth stopped any KSC momentum, and the Pride went on to score the next eight points thereafter for a 20-point lead (69-49) with 5:59 left. Keene State went on a last gasp spurt, scoring eight straight points in a 1:33 span to trail by 12 with a little over four minutes to go, but could not get closer.
Inside the Paint
- Keene State made just 39% (24-of-62) of their shots from the floor overall and connected on 8-of-28 from deep (29%). Meanwhile, the Pride shot at a 47% clip (29-of-62) and made 7-of-19 from deep (37%).
- Rebounding was a deciding factor in the game, as Regis controlled the boards 47-28, including 15-8 on the offensive glass. Stone collected six offensive boards herself.
- As mentioned before, it was Regis' first win over Keene State in three tries. They had previously lost to the Owls in 2009 and 2011, both in Keene. The Pride had won the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) regular season and tournament titles each of the past five years, but joined the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) beginning this season.
- Keene State returns home for their Little East Conference opener on Saturday, December 2, as they host UMass-Boston at 1:00 pm.
- Regis will play their first game in the GNAC, traveling to Albertus Magnus on the same day and time.